New Suspect Discovered in Nation’s Oldest Cold Case

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The disappearance of a young girl shook the small town of Sycamore, Illinois. When 7-year-old Maria Ridulph went missing on a snowy December evening, they banded together in an effort to find her before it was too late…

An Innocent Child

Maria Ridulph was born on March 12, 1950. The youngest of four, Maria’s father was a factory worker, and her mother a homemaker. She lived in Sycamore, Illinois, where she was an honor student with perfect Sunday school attendance. At the time of her abduction, Maria was only seven years old…

Stayed Out of Trouble

Maria’s mother, Ivy, claimed her daughter was an anxious, skittish child. “My daughter was a nervous girl and if she got in any trouble would become hysterical,” Ivy said in an interviewer shortly after Maria’s disappearance. “Someone would probably have to kill her to keep her quiet.” Ivy also described Maria as a “screamer” who was often overcome by her fear of the dark…

That December Night

On December 3, 1957, Maria begged her mother to let play outside in the fresh snowfall. After her dinner, Maria and her best friend, Kathy Sigman, went outside in the dark near Maria’s house to play “duck the cars,” a game which involved dodging the headlights of oncoming vehicles. The two were enjoying their carefree evening when, suddenly, they were approached by a strange man…

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